Highlands Private Hideaway

Explore The Southern Highlands

After the Great Southern Railway was constructed in the late 1860s, the towns of the Southern Highlands were frequented by wealthy Sydney visitors who built substantial country summer houses so they could enjoy the cooler highland climate. 

The Highlands is steeped in history and today you will still find many of those well-established homes together with antique stores, wineries, historic villages and townships. There are bushwalks to cascading waterfalls, horse riding, great restaurants, cafes and providores stocking magnificent cheeses, bread and charcuterie.

Contact Destination Southern Highlands on your way into the Highlands or look them up online for further information.

Located 90 minutes south of Sydney, the Southern Highlands encompasses country living at its finest, radiating a sense of togetherness and locality. 

The Southern Highlands is a region that boasts an abundance of heritage buildings, historic landmarks and natural wonders. Marked as one of New South Wales’ wine hubs, Southern Highlands is surrounded by acres of planted vines and ample greenery.

The region’s old-world charm encourages both locals and visitors alike to slow down and enjoy all the area has to offer.


Southern Highlands has a relatively new cool-climate wine region. Award winning producers of a range of varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Home to over 60 vineyards nestled happily into the rolling hills and offering no less than 20 cellar doors that vary from modern to French provincial in style. The warm country welcome is irresistible and there is good food to accompany the wine tasting.

Some wineries offer cooking classes, different tasting experiences, master classes and some have a selection of antiques to buy.

Explore, stay a while and enjoy!


Heavenly scents gently drift through the air as you wander through the charming villages of the Southern Highlands. A destination for foodies, choose from fine dining, casual café dining and traditional country pubs.

With Eschalot, the romantic dining spot nestled in Berrima serving up delicious modern Australian fare. Onesta with the extensive modern Italian menu featuring locally grown beef. Harry’s on Green Lane has cosy indoor/outdoor dining options featuring an open fire.

Traditional country pubs in Berrima, Burrawang and Sutton Forest have great burgers and steaks. Bendooley Estate is an experience not to be missed. An extensive winery with dining options and the Berkelouw Book Barn. The Cellar Door with its magnificent fireplace and views across the vineyards to the rolling hills beyond is incredibly inviting.

Local Attractions

The Southern Highlands oldest vineyard and winery. Book a tasting to try some of their beautiful hand crafted wines.

Joadja Estate

CHEESE etc. offers charcuterie for sale from the shop, eat-in and takeaway dining, as well as services in catering, private events, off-site tastings, workshops and more.


A unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Illawarra Rainforest.

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Bowral Golf Club is an 18 hole golf course set close to the picturesque town centre. It is the oldest Club in the Southern Highlands.

Bowral Golf Club

Iris is your ultimate skin and beauty destination, a place for you to escape the stresses of everyday life to nourish and revitalise your skin.

Iris Skin and Beauty

Eschalot Berrima restaurant menus are designed for people who seek pleasure from their dining experience.


Belmore Falls offers breathtaking views of the Southern Highlands, with plenty of walking tracks suitable for all ages.

Belmore Falls

Whether you're a cricket tragic, or simply interested in learning more about the sport, the Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame provides an exciting and interactive day out for the whole family.

Bradman Museum

Corbett Gardens, located in the centre of town, boasts a huge array of tulips and colourful springtime bulbs, shrubs and trees.

Corbett Gardens

Flour Water Salt is a family owned bakery specialising in freshley baked Artisian sourdough, cakes, pastries and coffee.

Flour Water Salt

Gin Trading Co offers over 100 varieties of local, imported, vintage, rare & craft gins along with an outstanding bar menu.

Gin Trading Co Bar

Dirty Janes offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of the Southern Highlands.

Dirty Janes